Vietnamese veterinarian finds his sweetheart 59 years later | Morning
(FOX NEWS) – For Vietnam veteran Dennis Reynolds and his wife Diane, true love is fate.
After 59 years, the couple, both 77, have finally reunited for good, after a life of happy and sad, joyous and bittersweet fate.
Dennis and Diane met at Sun Valley Junior High in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, when they were 13 years old.
Diane loved her Oregon accent and Dennis had a crush on her.
“For me it was love at first sight,” Dennis told Fox News. “I think Diane was curious because I was an Oregon hillbilly.”
“He had a nice accent,” Diane added to Fox News. “I mean, we were just kids. We were about 13 years old. We went regularly when we first started seeing each other – that was a big deal so, you know?”
On November 11, 1961 – five months after graduating from high school – Dennis and Diane were married at the age of 18 on Veterans Day.
However, looking back, they may have married too soon – they divorced in 1965, still deeply in love, having separated during their four year marriage.
Dennis remarried twice: in 1969 to Bonnie, who died in 2000, and in 2001 to a woman named Cher, who died in 2018. Diane remarried in 1967 to John, who died in 1981.
“With me, after Diane and I divorced, I married a woman I had met when I was five, but we hadn’t interacted over the years. I married her, and we were married for 31 years, and she passed away in 2000, “said Dennis.” Then I got married for the third time and lost her about three years ago. because of cancer. After about a year of being alone, you know I had family and kids, but I was alone. “
“During the time we were apart, we both remarried, I had all of my children – it was a busy time,” Diane added. “I didn’t think of Dennis to tell you the truth; I didn’t have a warm heart for him. But, he melted my heart with his kindness and kindness, and it just blew me away. , that impressed me so much. “
Dennis and Diane had two sons, but both men had tragic fates. Curtis, born June 1962, died at the age of 38 in 2001 after several surgeries due to injuries sustained while on a military mission; Keith, born in December 1963, committed suicide at age 25 in 1989 after contracting AIDS.
They didn’t really stay in touch apart from the trauma suffered by their sons.
“Well, I didn’t do it at all,” Diane said of Dennis missing. “We were both married to different people and were busy. I had six kids and we were both busy in different areas. So it was kind of exciting to get back together and fill in all those gaps. In those 50 years, we were both in different directions. “
“And in different states,” Dennis added.
“And also, I think we both blossomed. Neither of us had a great childhood, and I think Dennis and I bonded when we were young, probably because of that,” said Diane. “Back then there was no Oprah, there was no talk show, there was no way of knowing what was normal and what was not.”
After a life apart, they finally got back together.
In July 2019, Dennis made a screening call to Diane.
A few phone calls prompted Diane to fly to Las Vegas for a four-day visit.
“Her daughter lives about a mile and a half from my house, and Diane and I have grandchildren together,” Dennis said. “Our oldest granddaughter came to see her Aunt Wendy, who is Diane’s oldest daughter, and we went to lunch a few times, then Diane’s son came out, then Diane came to visit us.”
“I went out to visit my daughter, and she was working all day, so Dennis wanted to invite me over to lunch, and I said, ‘Sure,'” said Diane. “So we went to the Strat, The Link, and they took a picture of us there. I wasn’t really in there because I felt a little uncomfortable. It turned out to be good. .
I stayed there for four days. So every day we were doing something together because I had nothing to do, my daughter was at work all day. I was having a good old time, and so was Dennis. “
“She was stinging me, that’s what she was doing,” Dennis said.
“It was just great fun, and it was enjoyable,” said Diane. “It was nice that we got to talk about the people we knew and what they were doing now. Kind of filled in a few gaps in time.”
These few consecutive dates were enough.
Last February, Diane moved in with Dennis.
Dennis and Diane remarried on Veterans Day on November 11 of last year – their first wedding anniversary 59 years ago.
“I think we’ve both matured and blossomed and learned a lot,” said Diane. “We were both very successful for what we had been through. When we got back together, it was just wonderful because we had that simplicity again, and we had the money, the maturity to go out. and do fun things. “
“I have a boyfriend and a friend to grow up with, and then here we are… all these years later,” Dennis said.
Now their love story is ready for a new start.
For a late wedding and a Christmas present, Dennis, through Veterans United Home Loans, uses his vet mortgage allowance to build a dream home for Diane.
The couple is the proof: love is the answer.
“Never give up. You never know,” said Diane. “And people who divorce maybe now, maybe someday in the future, they’ll meet. Here we are, at 77, getting married. We’re both lucky to be pretty good. health to do a lot of things, go a lot, take a walk and just enjoy the world.
“I think if you let true love work, you will find a way.”
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